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Offline MattJAbela

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Newbie here..Meniscus tears :(
« on: January 11, 2013, 08:40:20 PM »
Hello fellow knee people :)

I stumbled upon this place whilst searching the internet about my knee problems, thought i'd join up as im sure we are like minded people who just want to help eachother and stuff :)

My name is Matt, im 20 years old and have cartilage damage to both my knees. I think this occured roughly 5 years ago when i used to play football, went to the doctors who dismissed it as growing pains, being 15, i listened (wish i didn't now). Went again about a year after and he sent me for an x-ray, it showed nothing so he said it was fine..spent the next 3 years just coping with it, until about 2 months ago it just got worse, not sure what triggered it, but the pain was crazy..ended up going for a private consultancy to jump the NHS que, the consultant i saw (Mr A Shetty) was brilliant, had me on the bed did a load of tests that my doctor had never previously carried out and determined that it sounds very much like a cartilage tear.

I'm now on lots of pain killers which don't seem to help, and waiting for scans on the 13th Feb.

So yeah, thats me and my knees haha!!

Thanks for reading :)

Matt

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Re: Newbie here..Meniscus tears :(
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2013, 08:48:21 PM »
This is a good place to start if you want to read up a bit on meniscus tears  http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEnotes/node/2259

Do you have other symptoms in addition to the pain?

Try ice (peas wrapped in a tea towel work) and perhaps heat - warm bath or one of the gel packs that goes in the microwave - may give some pain relief and help with any swelling.

Good luck with it all :)
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Re: Newbie here..Meniscus tears :(
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2013, 08:54:13 PM »
Thankyou :) Think i've had a read of EVERY guide of meniscus tears haha, but i'll have a read of that, thanks :)

There's slight swelling there, im trying to keep off it and keep it rested as much as possible.

Ice hasn't worked with the pain, baths slightly work, then about an hour later is back just as bad as usual..i'll try out them gel packs though, give anything a try at least once!!

Thanks Vickster :)

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Re: Newbie here..Meniscus tears :(
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2013, 05:24:30 AM »
I have read about Mr Shetty and I think he has a very good reputation, so it seems you are in good hands there.

The fact that it has taken so long to get a clearer diagnosis is not the end of the world and it could be that the damage, if any, is minimal and either repairable or treatable. The diagnosis of meniscal tears is not the death knell for your knee it used to be. I've had numerous meniscus trims and repairs over the years and while my knees are pretty well messed up in some ways, there is remarkably little arthritis in them according to my surgeon. That is despite being more than a bit of a klutz when it comes to sporting accidents. I used to play to a very high level in both hockey (National Division 2 indoor and outdoors) and volleyball (National Div 1 in the UK and Division 2 in France). Eventually I did have to give up both sports but it was due to other injuries. after my last meniscus trim I was back skiing after just 3 weeks and teaching skiing 6 weeks later.

Remember that an MRI is just one of many diagnostic tools and it is not infallible. They Can give false positives and sometimes show nothing at all. Ultimately it is the surgeon's eye that really sees the tear, either on the MRI pictures or perhaps in an exploratory arthroscopy in some extreme cases.

Read up as much as you can about the type of treatments available to you and also how to rehab from these types of injury. Don't give up hope yet either, you will read some really depressing stuff on the Internet, but remember that people who have had successful treatment, rarely feel the need to write about it. They are too busy getting on with their lives!  ;)

You have youth on your side and a damned good specialist, so be positive. There are many, many options open to you, you are not yet ready for the bath hair and the terminal boredom of never playing football or any other sports again!

Sue  ;)
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